Hyundai-developed Blue Drive Technologies:
Double Clutch Transmission
To be applied on future mid-size vehicles, the next generation gearbox combines the best of both worlds: the fuel economy of a manual with the comfort and convenience of an automatic. Best of all, it retains the sporty characteristics and responsiveness of a manual for pure driving pleasure.
8-Speed Automatic Transmission
Hyundai is in the final stages of developing its own 8-speed automatic transmission which will be fitted to rear wheel drive luxury vehicles. The extra gears promise to improve fuel efficiency by 2~3 percent and enhance 60→100kph acceleration performance by 2~3 percent.
Engineers have eliminated the dipstick used to check automatic transmission fluid level, thus requiring zero maintenance. Featuring four planetary gear sets, slip lock-up torque converter, aluminum carrier for reduced weight and compact single-piece case, the gearbox is filled and permanently sealed at the factory with a life-long low viscosity automatic transmission fluid which never requires changing throughout the life of the vehicle. Development work on the transmission began in 2006 and despite the addition of the extra gears, the 8-speed automatic has fewer parts than the five-speed automatic it replaces and is also 10 percent lighter.
Continuously Variable Valve Lift
The next step in 2.0L engine aspiration introduces the new element of valve lift control which is used in conjunction with duration and timing control. The net effect increases power by 5~6 percent while simultaneously improving fuel efficiency by over 5 percent while reducing exhaust emissions by increasing intake velocity and improving fuel atomization.
Gamma T-GDI (E85)
The 1.6L all-aluminum Gamma Turbo-GDI (E85) is a unique engine concept which is fueled by an 85:15 ethanol-gasoline blend that promises to reduce CO2 emissions and improve fuel efficiency while retaining the all-important fun-to-drive factor. Compared to peak torque of 284 Nm @ 1750~4500rpm delivered by a gasoline GDI engine of the same displacement, the Gamma T-GDI (E85) delivers a 7 percent boost in torque while lifting power by 10 percent to 161 kW @ 6000rpm.
R2.2 Diesel Two-Stage Serial Sequential Turbo
Boasting the highest specific power and torque of any diesel in its class, this latest diesel offering demonstrates why Hyundai's diesel engineering capabilities are second to none in the world. Using a third generation 1800bar common rail injection system with piezo-electric injectors and a two-stage turbo, the R2.2 delivers 165 kW of peak power and comparably impressive torque figures: greater than 70kW per liter.
In terms of emissions, this engine achieves Euro 5 compliancy by employing close-coupled diesel particulate filter and highly efficient EGR cooler with bypass valve. The R-Engine harnesses Hyundai’s newest and most advanced development tools. Computational flow dynamics, structural and thermal analysis were used to optimize its design while computerized simulation of the die-casting process was employed to achieve the optimal balance of strength and low weight. The R is fitted with a 16–valve dual overhead camshaft which is driven by an internal steel timing chain. For reduced vibration and lower booming noise, the R gets a balance shaft that has been encased in a stiffened ladder frame housing for increased rigidity. Weight-saving features include a one-layer belt with isolation pulley, plastic head cover, plastic intake manifold and plastic oil filter housing. A ceramic glow plug provides almost instantaneous starting in the coldest weather conditions.
Boasting a second generation high pressure common rail injection system which is capable of activating up to five injections per cycle, a variable swirl controls system, and electronically-controlled EGR cooling, the second generation U2 has been fully updated to satisfy Euro 4 and 5 regulations. The U2 is capable of delivering 94 kW and 260 Nm of torque and emits just 119g/km of CO2 (i30), the best figures of any engine in its class. A close-coupled diesel particulate filter will be fitted to the Euro 5 version. The U2 delivers an 4.8 percent improvement in CO2 reduction from 125g/km of the original U series to 119g/km in the new U2, an improvement in 80 → 120km/h acceleration performance by 5.8 percent to 11.4 seconds. Noise levels on the U2 fall on the low limit of the scatter band. The U2's oil change interval has also been extended from 20,000km of the U1 original engine to 30,000km in the latest version.
At this year's Seoul Motor Show, Hyundai exhibited several new examples of eco-friendly designs that reduce the use of hazardous chemicals and promote the use of recyclable materials in our vehicles. The search for constant improvement in every facet of the operation continues, using LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) tools which have become an integral part of the vehicle design and manufacturing process. LCA takes into account eco-factors in the decision making at all stages from design to manufacturing, ownership and disposal. By quantifying each process we are able to evaluate the effects on the environment and search for areas of improvement and thereby continually improving the percentage of recyclable parts.
In addition to the Blue Drive™ products and technologies, Hyundai added important new dimensions to the Hyundai brand with the introduction of the Genesis Coupe Racing Edition and the Genesis Prada Limited Edition.
Genesis Prada Limited Edition
Hyundai Genesis, the 2009 North American Car of the Year, has been reborn with an innovative design touch by Prada, one of the world’s leading luxury brands. Design development was carried out over a four-month period in a partnership between the Hyundai Design Center in Namyang and Prada’s Design Center in Italy. The car has been transformed with surprising design modifications on the exterior — with a new sporty look and matte color finish while the interior has been reworked with exquisite “Saffiano” leather upholstery. The Prada Genesis is limited to three cars, two of which will be auctioned for a soon-to-be-named children's charity.
Genesis Coupe Racing Edition
Korea's first front engine, rear wheel drive racing machine designed for high performance drifting competition was showcased at the show. Powered by a 2L TCI tuned and six-speed manual capable of producing 283 kW of power @ 6 810rpm and 507 Nm of torque @ 4 810rpm, the Genesis Coupe Racing Edition caters to the wide and loyal base of Tiburon owners and performance enthusiasts who are looking to join the fast and furious.
Exterior aerodynamic enhancements reduce drag and maximize down force while the interior has been minimized to the racing essentials, including seating for two in deep bucket style seats. Front and rear 240/640R18 rubber keeps the Genesis Coupe solidly glued to the road.